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Air Force Destroys Hamas MP's Weapons Cache Home

IDF counter-terror operations continue in Yesha, including arrests and drone-fired missiles. Soldiers killed a bomb-planting Arab in Shechem, where terrorists report kidnapping a U.S. student.
By Ezra HaLevi and Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 10/12/2006, 7:42 AM / Last Update: 10/11/2006, 9:19 AM

An unknown Palestinian terrorist organization claimed Wednesday afternoon that it had abducted an American student in Shechem. The U.S. Consulate and Palestinian Authority forces are looking into the report, which has not been confirmed elsewhere.

Four months ago, an American Jewish student visiting Nablus was released unharmed a day after he was kidnapped by Palestinian terrorists.

The IDF destroyed a weapons storage facility in Gaza City over the course of Tuesday night. As on previous occasions, the army warned local residents in advance to distance themselves from structures used by terror groups.

The storage facility was located in the home of Hamas parliament member Maryam Farhat, well-known for her oft-expressed pride in the ?martyr's death? of three of her six sons. Farhat, who goes by the nom de geurre Um Nidal, even appeared in a video with one of her sons prior to his dispatch to a Jewish community, where he murdered five people before being shot dead.

In Samaria, IDF soldiers fired at and killed a terrorist placing a bomb in the Al-Iyan area near Shechem (Nablus). The man was identified as 31-year-old Abdullah Mansour, a leading terrorist in the Al Aksa Brigades of the PLO?s Fatah group. There were no injuries among IDF soldiers.

Overall, 19 wanted terrorists were apprehended overnight throughout Judea and Samaria. Arrests were made in the Jenin, Kalkilye, Hevron and Ramallah districts. Suspects in custody include Islamic Jihad, Hamas and Fatah Tanzim terrorists. There were no reports of injuries among IDF soldiers.

Earlier Tuesday, two Arabs were arrested near Jenin after they were found carrying pipe bombs. They said they had been dispatched by a Hamas operative to carry out an attack on checkpoint soldiers.

Molotov cocktail and rock attacks continue to increase. An Israeli motorist was targeted in a firebomb attack on the Hizme-Anatot Road, along Jerusalem?s northern border. No injuries were reported. Nearby, a female motorist was wounded by rocks thrown at her vehicle when she was driving in the Binyamin region.

Soldiers were targeted by anti-tank missiles in Gaza on both Tuesday and Wednesday. No injuries were reported, though at least one armored IDF vehicle was damaged.